Posted in Layout Update

Welcome to the New Blog!

Welcome to the new blog!

A huge thank you to Gisele for the beautiful layout and the time she spent on this. She was very generous to work this into her very busy schedule. Thanks Gis! You can check out Gis’s other work on her blog.

Cute Custom Designs

I’m sure there will be a few things still out of place,  such as my signature on old posts.

Please feel free to steal my new blog banner.

Here’s the code:

I’m keeping my current Twitter account and the fairly new Facebook page too. I did create a new email:

thecozyreader@gmail.com

I will keep the posts up on the blogspot address for a little while. But please bookmark, subscribe via RSS or email to this new address so you don’t miss out! Links to these are on the right hand side.

Posted in Giveaway, Layout Update

Giveaway: Designer (Birdie) Stacking Mugs

My new blog is still underway and the lovely designer, Gisele, just happens to be having a giveaway of some adorable stacking mugs with her too cute Birdie design!

She has quite a few designs available too.

You can enter too. Just post about this giveaway. Visit her lovely blog for more information and an extra entry. Enter by April 16th, midnight in Norway (+1 / CET time).

You might want to follow her because she sometimes has design giveaways! She’s  super busy chica so winners of those are lucky.

I can’t wait to show off her skills on my new blog.

Cute Custom Designs

Let her know I referred you! (Maybe she’ll give me a discount!)  😉

Jess Sig

Posted in Facebook, Layout Update

New Facebook Page!

Hello my lovely followers!

Upon the advice of a dear friend, LJ, I have created a Book Reviews by Jess Facebook page.

I was reluctant to do so because I’m in the process of reimaging my blog and my blog name. One day soon I hope to have a new look (above pic is a hint to the new look) and a new name and I didn’t want to make too many more things that would need to be changed after that is done.

But Facebook and Twitter are huge networking tools that I really can’t ignore them too much.

I’m keeping my “personal” Twitter feed for the blog because, really, that’s all I ever used it for anyway. If you aren’t following me on Twitter here’s a link so you can!

But there’s a new Facebook page for the blog. So, please, if you have a Facebook profile become a fan of my page!

If you have a page too and you don’t think I’m a fan let me know in the comments! I’m always up to adding some pages to my list as well as my “page” list.

Jess Sig

 

Posted in Layout Update, Rant

New Layout – TOU WTFery

I was forced to pick a new layout design. Why?

Because I received a comment from a follower letting me know that they just couldn’t let it go anymore, that the spelling of Santa Claus in the Believe template was spelled incorrectly as “Santa Clause”.

I thought that was great to let me know so I passed on the information to both the layout coder and the graphic owner. Thinking that they could both work together to correct the spelling.

I contacted them both: Butterflygirlms Blog Design, who wrote the code for the layout and Candace Duffy Jones, who created the graphics that were used in the Believe template.

Candace states that Butterflygirlms is violating her Terms of Use (TOU).

No commercial use is allowed. You may NOT sell, share, or distribute my products in it’s original or altered form. You may not make copies except for backup purposes. If you share your work online you must give credit. Any other use will be considered infringement on the copyright laws.

Candace’s graphics are for digital scrapbooking and by “sell, share or distribute” I believe she means the graphics should not be “shared” so that others are getting her products for free.

Obviously taking her graphics and using them to create a layout is only slightly going against her TOU but REALLY, what is the problem?

If someone found your graphics that awesome to use them to create another product and distributed that to others to use, thus, making another form of FREE advertising that gets pointed right back at you. How is that a bad thing?

The bad thing now is that I’m pretty upset that I have to take this awesome layout off and replace it with a nearly equally awesome layout designed by Butterflygirlms with graphics done by Just So Scrappy.

I will, however, frown upon Candace’s decision and will probably never visit her site ever again. 😛

I hope you enjoy the new layout I chose. Butterflygirlms has a lot of great layouts to select from.

 

 

Jess Sig

Posted in Layout Update

Spammers!

spam
I’m so upset to do this but I’m putting all comments comments on posts older than 3 days on moderation. I’ve already implemented the word verification hoping that would prevent spammers from commenting, but this morning there was a very nasty link in a new comment.
I just will not tolerate it.
And what makes me so mad was that this wasn’t an anonymous comment. They actually made a blogger account!
I apologize to my faithful readers and commentators. Hopefully I can remove it soon.
Jess Sig

Posted in Cool Stuff, Layout Update

Drugs, Sex and Dead Bitches – Blog Rating

Wow. So there’s a handy tool that will rate your blog.
I saw this on Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings blog, she saw it on The Fiction Vixen. Seems we are shocked to see our ratings. I’m sure mine wouldn’t be so bad but I just reviewed Karma for Beginners and the words drugs and sex were numerous in that post.
I had:
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Drugs (11x)
Sex (8x)
Dead (3x)
Bitches (1x)

I’m surprised Bitches was only there once. I talk about Smart Bitches, Trashy Books quite a bit. Hmmm…
Anyhow, I kinda agree with this rating. Some of the books I read really shouldn’t be around teens. But I also read a lot of Young Adult books, but even some of them are risqué.

NOTE:
This rating system only rates based on the number of posts published on your main page. So if you have it set to 10 days or 20 posts that’s what it will rate it on. I’d recommend increasing your post number for a more accurate rating and then switching it back when done!
What are you rated? Click on the rating pic above and give it a try!
Jess Sig

Posted in Layout Update

New Layout

header snippet

So I took most of the day today updating my blog with a new layout theme. I picked out the layout last night and planned to do the conversion today. It was a LOT of work but I’m very pleased with the outcome.

The header is super cute! The girl even resembles me nearly perfectly, except for maybe the eyes, mine are more round, and I wear glasses 95% of the time. And the laptop is just too perfect because that’s what I have in front of me 90% of the time, if it’s not a book.

I’m happy with the color combination. I’m a pretty girly girl and the mauve seems nice.

I love the slick nav bar menu under the header. I’m still playing around with that so you’ll be seeing the “Coming Soon”s for a while until I perfect it.

I also love the Twitter follow me icon on the top right of the header and the automatic last Tweet above it.

I know that everybody uses something different to access the internet, ie browsers are numerous these days, so if you could please take a moment to look around and let me know if anything is amiss I would greatly appreciate it.

Well I hope you like it as much as I do!

ETA:

Thanks for all the responses!

I found this layout on the web! It’s actually designed by the same designer as my previous layout. I am in the process of getting a layout personalized for me but the designer is moving and having other issues so it’ll be a while before she even gets to start on it.

The pictures on the main page that show a snippet of my blog posts will look scrunched. It’s just what it does with the first image of the post. I don’t mind it because I know that’s just meant to be a “preview” of what’s inside.

I adjusted the font type and size on some of the text. Thanks Christine!

I made the text on the banner a dark brown instead of white or light mauve. Thanks La Coccinelle for that suggestion.

I found a super cool website that does palette matching. Color Hunter is so cool. Check it out! You can upload a picture and it will give you a palette. Awesomeness.

Jess Sig